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MacPhail Announces 2019-20 Spotlight Series

Via an October 3 News Release:

MacPhail Spotlight Series Showcases Minnesota’s Best Musicians

Local Musicians, MacPhail’s jazz faculty highlighted in 2019-20 season

MacPhail Center for Music announces the seventh season of their premier concert series, the MacPhail Spotlight Series, under the direction of Mischa Santora. The lineup highlights Minnesota musicians and stories, MacPhail’s jazz faculty and the stunning place of worship that is the Basilica of Saint Mary.

“MacPhail’s top-notch musicians never fail to amaze me, and it is such an honor to collaborate with them on a wide range of concepts,” says Mischa Santora, artistic director. “This season we’ll celebrate local artists and their stories, showcase MacPhail’s all-star jazz faculty, sonically explore the Basilica and honor the genius of Beethoven. I hope you will join me in Antonello Hall and beyond.”

The 2019-2020 season features:

  • October 18, 2019: Roaring Twenties (Paramount Theater, Austin, Minnesota): Hear iconic songs like “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Sweet Sue,” and “Ain’t We Got Fun” alongside instrumental selections, as this program takes you back to America’s most transformative and mythical era.
  • November 16, 2019: Locally Sourced (Antonello Hall): The great state of Minnesota boasts a vibrant arts scene, and MacPhail is proud to present some of the finest, including our very own faculty. Gregory Theisen, Fred and J.D. Steele and guest Libby Larsen will perform some of their own creations alongside a few covers by Minnesota legend, Prince!
  • February 8, 2020: The World Through Jazz (Antonello Hall): Curated by Christopher Rochester, newly appointed Jazz Coordinator at MacPhail, this program explores jazz and how it travels through various parts of our planet. Experience the stark differences, but also similarities, between Bossa Nova, Afro Cuban, Flamenco, Reggae, Irish music and more.
  • February 13, 2020: Reverberations (Basilica of Saint Mary): Exploring the aspects of space, time, and music, alongside the spirituality evoked by the majestic columns, cavernous ceiling, and dignified statues of the Basilica of Saint Mary, artistic director Mischa Santora composed a piece based on poems by Eliot, Rilke and Merwin. It is intended as a tribute to both the beauty of the building as well as the Basilica’s mission of inclusion, equity, social justice and environmental consciousness.
  • April 4, 2020: Anatomy of Genius (Antonello Hall): Celebrating Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, we perform three major pieces from this musical genius. The concert highlights Beethoven’s musical intricacies and stylistic evolution over the course of his life, interspersed with Beethoven’s highly personal letters and contemporary accounts of his performances.

Tickets for concerts held at Antonello Hall are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors (ages 55 and older) and youth (ages 6 through 18). Basilica of Saint Mary concert tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for MacPhail students; both may be purchased by calling 612-767-5250 or by stopping by Student Services at MacPhail locations in Minneapolis, Chanhassen, Apple Valley or White Bear Lake. Tickets for the Paramount Theater are $20 for adults, $5 for seniors and youth, and free to MacPhail students with a ticket voucher. Tickets for Austin may be purchased at Student ticket vouchers for this performance must be redeemed in-person.

The MacPhail Spotlight Series showcases the exceptional talents of MacPhail teaching artists and special guests, providing an intimate listening experience in MacPhail’s state-of-the-art Antonello Hall and locations throughout the Twin Cities and beyond. Under the artistic direction of Mischa Santora, this premier performance event is brought to life with collaborations from some of the Twin Cities’ finest artists.

MacPhail Center for Music is a non-profit organization committed to transforming lives and strengthening communities through music learning experiences that inspire. Each year, MacPhail opens its doors to more than 16,000 students offering programming for all ages, backgrounds and abilities, at locations in Minneapolis, White Bear Lake, Chanhassen, Apple Valley and Austin, as well as 113 community partnerships across the Twin Cities and online at MacPhail Online. MacPhail has a 111-year history of excellence, promoting life-long learning and building long-term relationships between students and teachers. For more information, visit

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